Pre-season worries for Mourinho

19 July 2018 14:13:51 EST

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is worried about the club's pre-season, describing the situation as 'very bad' ahead of the Premier League campaign.

The Portuguese is concerned that some of his biggest names are absent, owing to their prolonged interest at World Cup 2018 in Russia.

France's Paul Pogba, Belgium's Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini, and England's Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford, among others, are missing having been given an extended break before re-joining the Red Devils. Alexis Sanchez is also absent from the camp in America due to visa issues.

Man United will play two friendlies, starting with Club America on Friday, ahead of next week's International Champions Cup tournament. There they will face Premier League rivals Liverpool, Champions League winners Real Madrid and Serie A side AC Milan.

I'm worried because I'm not training (with everyone).

Jose Mourinho

They kick off their league campaign against Leicester City at Old Trafford in just over three weeks' time and Mourinho is concerned.

"The pre-season is very bad, the positive thing of the pre-season is only for the young boys that have a fantastic opportunity to train with us," Mourinho told reporters.

"I'm worried because I'm not training (with everyone) and then I go to the Premier League without lots of players, but it is what it is and we have to try and make the best out of it with the players we have here.

"I'm not worried about playing Liverpool here or Real Madrid or Milan... I'm not worried if we lose badly."

Man United are 11/20 to defeat Leicester in their Premier League opener, while they are 25/1 to go one better than last season's runner-up finish in the title race.

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